Spent part of the morning harvesting the remaining block of fall spinach.
That about concludes the major gardening activities for 2017. As such, we’ve officially turned the chickens loose into the garden to have at whatever they can find and scratch up.
The garden’s not the prettiest sight at the moment with everything nearing its end, but it’s a reminder that we have a good first year’s harvest put away in the pantry for the winter and a time for thanksgiving and rest is coming very soon.
I think one of the best parts about growing your own food is how you get to connect to the cycles of the year at a deep level. There’s just something about it that feeds your soul. Not only that, but you also have the opportunity to truly embrace holidays such as Thanksgiving where you can reflect and appreciate the fruits of your labor and the gifts of the garden.
Now that most of our harvesting is complete, I’ll spend the next week or so cleaning up the plants that are left, adding a bit of compost to the plot, and mulching everything in preparation for the winter. It’s one last act of love given back to the soil that has provided us so much this year.